The Complete Commodore Recordings
 : The Complete Commodore Recordings

by: Billie Holiday

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0011105040129
Item Dimensions: 12555051500
Label: Verve
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Verve
MPN: 43190-261747
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: Verve
Release Date: January 28, 1997
Studio: Verve

Disc 1:
  1. Strange Fruit
  2. Strange Fruit #2
  3. Yesterdays
  4. Yesterdays #2
  5. Fine And Mellow
  6. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  7. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues #2
  8. How Am I To Know #3
  9. How Am I To Know #2 (-1)
  10. How Am I To Know #2 (-2)
  11. How Am I To Know
  12. My Old Flame #3
  13. My Old Flame (TK 2)
  14. My Old Flame #2
  15. My Old Flame
  16. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
  17. I'll Get By #2
  18. I Cover The Waterfront #3
  19. I Cover The Waterfront #2
  20. I Cover The Waterfront (-1)
  21. I Cover The Waterfront
  22. I'll Be Seeing You #3
  23. I'll Be Seeing You
  24. I'll Be Seeing You #2
Disc 2:
  1. I'm Yours #3
  2. I'm Yours #2
  3. I'm Yours
  4. Embraceable You #3
  5. Embraceable You
  6. Embraceable You #2
  7. As Time Goes By
  8. As Time Goes By #2
  9. (I've Got A Man, Crazy For Me) He's Funny That Way #2
  10. He's Funny That Way (-2A)
  11. He's Funny That Way
  12. He's Funny That Way #4
  13. He's Funny That Way #3
  14. Lover, Come Back To Me (-1)
  15. Lover, Come Back To Me
  16. Billie's Blues #2
  17. Billie's Blues #3
  18. Lover, Come Back To Me
  19. Billie's Blues
  20. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  21. Lover, Come Back To Me #2
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Editorial Review:
In 1939 Lewis Allan's song "Strange Fruit" was a focal point of Billie Holiday's performances, a grimly poetic evocation of lynching delivered with tremendous dramatic power. It was so pointed a protest, however, that Columbia refused to record it. Milt Gabler arranged to record it for Commodore, his independent jazz label, and when it was paired with the sensual "Fine and Mellow," it became Holiday's first hit record. This two-CD set includes all the takes from the 1939 and 1944 sessions, and they're some of Holiday's finest moments in the recording studio, combining first-rate material and sympathetic support that includes pianist Eddie Heywood, drummer Sid Catlett, and trombonist Vic Dickenson. Holiday's vocal and interpretive skills were seldom as beautifully balanced as they are here. --Stuart Broomer

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